Esperanza Rising

by Pam Muñoz Ryan

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Book Information

Publication Date: October 1, 2012

Reading Level: Lexile Measure 750L, , Scholastic Guided Reading Level V

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Major Awards: Jane Addams Children's Book Awards for Book for Older Children

Number of Pages: 282 pages

Approximate Word Count: 40,890 words

Audible Book Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins

Book Themes: Perseverance, Home, Justice, Proverty, Principles, Dreams, Vision of America, Prejudice

Genre: historical fiction novel for young adults

Setting: Aguascalientes, Mexico, 1924-1930; The San Joaquin Valley, California, 1930-1931

Important Quote: “We are like the phoenix," said Abuelita. "Rising again, with a new life ahead of us.”

First Line: "Our land is alive, Esperanza," said Papa, taking her small hand as they walked through the gentle slopes of the vineyard. Leafy green vines draped the arbors and the grapes were ready to drop. Esperanza was six years old and loved to walk with her papa through the winding rows, gazing up at him and watching his eyes dance with love for the land.

Point of View: Third Person (Limited Omniscient)

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